10 Best Laptops for Programming in India 2021

This article will guide you to choose the best laptop for programming and some of my top laptops picks for programmers in India.

As a programmer or developer, it becomes really confusing to pick the best laptop from thousands of laptops available in the market. It becomes even more difficult for a person who is just starting programming.

Below I have shared some key points that will definitely help you to pick a perfect laptop for working on any programming technology.

Also Read: 8 Best Keyboards for Programming in India 2021

How to Choose Best Laptop for Programming in 2017?

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How to Choose the Best Laptop for Programming?

RAM

It is the first most important thing that you should look for. A laptop with 8GB RAM is an ideal choice but 16GB RAM would the best choice. If your budget is too low then you can go with 4GB RAM also.

Believe me it really sucks working on a low performance machine. Earlier I used to do android app development on a laptop with 4GB RAM. It was so annoying because everything works really slow.

So I would highly recommend you a 16GB RAM laptop if you are a mobile app developer.

Best Choice: 16GB RAM

Ideal Choice: 8GB RAM

Low Budget Choice: 4GB RAM

Processor

Good processor and RAM should be your highest priority while choosing a laptop for programming. As a programmer or developer, we have to do multitasking. When I do programming or development I have to open a few IDEs along with a browser with several tabs opened. For such a purpose, a good processor is required.

A laptop with i5 processor is an ideal choice. You can go with i7 processor if you have a huge budget and for a low budget, you can go with i3 processor.

Best Choice: i7 Processor

Ideal Choice: i5 Processor

Low Budget Choice: i3 Processor

Note: Now Apple laptops are powered by M1 Chip. It is also a good choice for programming.

Graphics Card

External graphic card is not necessary until you are not doing game development or some high graphics related work. But if you are a game developer then you must go with a laptop with an external graphic card.

Best Choice (Specially For Game Developers): External Graphic Card (2GB or 4GB)

Ideal and Low Budget Choice (For Other Developers): Integrated Graphic Card

Storage

SSD and HDD are two storage types that laptops have. SSD gives faster performance but costlier than HDD. Its great if you can afford an SSD storage type laptop. But if you can’t then go with HDD and later on you can use some external SSD storage.

Battery Life

If you mostly work at places where the power supply is not available then you must choose a laptop with huge battery life. Otherwise these days almost all laptops come with moderate battery backup.

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Below I have shared some laptops that I believe are good for programmers in India. Even if you don’t like any of them you can consider the above points to pick the best laptop according to your usage.

10 Best Laptops for Programmers and Developers in India

Laptop Processor RAM Hard Disk Graphics Card Buy Now
New Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Chip

New Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Chip

Apple M1 chip, 8-core CPU 8 GB 512GB SSD Apple 8-core GPU Check Price
ASUS ZenBook 14

ASUS ZenBook 14

Intel Core i7-1165G7 11th Gen 16 GB 512GB NVMe SSD Intel Iris Xᵉ Graphics Check Price
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i

10th Gen Intel Core i7 8 GB 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD NVIDIA GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 Check Price
ASUS ROG Strix G17

ASUS ROG Strix G17

Intel Core i7-10750H 10th Gen 16 GB 512GB NVMe SSD GTX 1660Ti 6GB Graphics Check Price
Acer Nitro 5

Acer Nitro 5

Intel Core i5-10th Gen 8 GB 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD NVIDIA RTX 3060 with 6 GB Check Price
ASUS VivoBook

ASUS VivoBook

Intel Core i5-1035G1 10th Gen 8GB 512GB NVMe SSD + 32GB Optane Memory Integrated Intel UHD Graphics Check Price
Lenovo Legion Y540

Lenovo Legion Y540

9th Gen Core Intel i5 8GB 1TB HDD + 128 GB SSD 4GB NVIDIA GTX 1650 Check Price
Lenovo Ideapad S340

Lenovo Ideapad S340

Intel Core i3 10th Gen 8GB 256GB SSD Integrated Graphics Check Price
 

HP 15 Thin & Light 15.6-inch FHD Laptop

HP 15

AMD Ryzen 5 3450U 8GB 512GB SSD AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics Check Price
Dell Inspiron 3505

Dell Inspiron 3505

AMD Ryzen 3 3250U 8 GB 256 GB SSD AMD Radeon Vega Graphics Check Price

Comment below if I have any tips for choosing the best laptop for programming and development. You can also ask your queries related to buying a good programming laptop.

111 thoughts on “10 Best Laptops for Programming in India 2021”

  1. I think you are missing a very important factor here: hard disk type. I would highly recommend going with a SSD than a huge magnetic HDD. The performance benefit is unparalleled.

  2. hello!
    I want to have a laptop for programming purpose as i am currently doing BCA.
    required specifications are
    8GB RAM
    Intel i5 processor (be it 5/6/7th generation)
    1TB HDD
    Graphic Card (be it integrated or external)
    My budget is upto max. of Rs. 35,000
    Kindly guide me in buying one that suits best to my needs and within my budget
    thank you!

    1. Hi Raman,
      Its impossible to get i5 and 8gb ram in 35,000. You have to increase your budget to at least 45,000 to get i5. In your budget you can get i3 and 8gb ram and its enough for working on any programming technology properly. You can check the laptops that I have mentioned in this article, these are some best laptops handpicked by me.

  3. Hemant Mishra

    I want to buy a laptop for programming purpose (not game development), my budget is around 40000 INR. So which laptop would you prefer?

    1. You should by a laptop with at least i3 processor and 8gb ram. I would suggest you to increase your budget little more and get an i5 with 8gb ram, this configuration is perfect for working on any kind of programming technology.

      1. can you suggest me one around 40k more or less but should be enough to last for at least next 3 years?

  4. Shivansh Mathur

    I would like to ask can we ask to remove Microsoft products from laptop and will it reduce the price of laptop because anyways after buying I am going to install Linux in system

  5. Hi
    Why you have mentioned HP laptops. These laptops have serious performance issues. I sincerely believe HP company should shut down. They are selling laptops more on aesthetics than performance. Their RAM and processor speed is more in numbers than in actual performance.

  6. thanks for the guide.Mine is abit away from the topic.am a student at one of india’s online Universites doing BCA I don’t understand courses on Programming in c++ ,c they are had for me kindly help me with the crues as well as basics to keep me going.The other thing is that was guided to install compiler by the way am using Toshiba windows 7 was to install Turbo c++ 32/64 bit but have failed untill now could this mean that going by lecture have read today is that this Laptop is not good for programming or not kindly guide.
    Zambian.

  7. Thanks for the pointers but for guys who like to work on Linux environment I will suggest the Laptop System76 – Bonobo, it’s amazing.
    Tech Specs
    —————–
    price: $2800
    Operating System: Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 16.10 (64-bit)
    Processor: 7th Gen Intel® Desktop Core i7-7700 or i7-7700K
    i7-6700: 3.6 up to 4.2 GHz – 8 MB cache – 4 cores – 8 threads
    i7-7700K: 4.2 up to 4.5 GHz – 8 MB cache – 4 cores – 8 threads
    Display: 17.3″ 3840×2160 4K HiDPI, Matte Finish
    Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070, dual 1070, 1080, or dual 1080
    Memory: Up to 64 GB Dual-channel DDR4 @ 2400 MHz
    Storage: 2× M.2 SATA/PCIe, 2× 2.5″ 7mm height drive. Up to 10 TB total.
    Expansion: 5× USB 3.1 Type-A, 2× USB 3.1 Type-C, SD Card Reader
    Input: Multitouch Touchpad, Multi-Color Backlit Keyboard
    Networking: 2× Gigabit Ethernet, Intel® WiFi up to Wireless-AC, Bluetooth
    Video Ports: HDMI 2.0, 2× Mini DisplayPort 1.3
    Audio: Stereo Speakers + Woofer, Stereo Mic, Combined Headphone & S/PDIF Jack, Mic Jack, Line In, Line Out
    Camera: 1080p HD Webcam
    Security: Kensington® Lock
    Battery: 8 Cell 89 W Smart Li-Ion
    Charger: Dependent on GPU configuration
    Single 1070 or 1080: 330 W, AC-in 100–240 V, 50–60 Hz
    Dual 1070: 2× 230 W, AC-in 100–240 V, 50–60 Hz
    Dual 1080: 2× 330 W, AC-in 100–240 V, 50–60 Hz
    Dimensions: 16.9″ × 12.1″ × 1.8″ (42.80 × 30.81 × 4.50 cm)
    Weight: 10.58 lbs (4.8 kg)
    Base weight. Varies on configuration.
    Model: bonw12

  8. Prayag Upadhyay

    Hellow
    Am not a from the field of programmer. I am from the aeronautics engineering in 2nd. I am thinking to purchase a new laptop so can you please suggest me for the best one.

    Also, please comment on the Mac book air, ?

  9. Shivansh Mathur

    would you recommend
    Asus R558UQ Core i5 7th Gen
    If i buy buy i am planning to add 8GB DDR4 RAM and replace the 1TB HDD drive with 500GB SSD drive.
    Is it worth a buy?

  10. Hi, I’m thinking of getting the MacBook Pro 2015 256gb
    Do you think 256gb will be enough?
    Also, is there any difference between programming/coding on a MacBook and a Windows laptop? Which one do you think is better? (Windows or Mac or are they both equally good and easy to use)
    Thanks!

    1. I think 250gb is enough unless you are storing huge data like movies and games, it totally depends upon personal usage. Both windows and mac or good for programming. If you are not a big fan of apple products then I would suggest you to buy windows laptop because apple may cost around 75K and with same configuration windows will cost around 50k. So you will save lot of money.

  11. Paritosh Sharma

    Well according to me, you should check out used/refurbished if you are on a tight budget. I just bought a Thinkpad W520 with 16 GB RAM, i7 2820QM, 256 GB SSD and Quadro 2000M for 27k. It even has seller warranty and other features like full HD display, fingerprint, wireless docking station, etc. which increase productivity. I can still change the processor and the GPU(of same socket), increase RAM upto 32 gigs and setup RAID 0 or even repace DVD with SSD or HDD. It even has a external pci expansion. This makes it more future proof than any of the laptops you just mentioned. Currently I run Debian jessie and Win 10 with dual boot on it.

  12. Hi, I am already having a Apple MacBook Air. I am not able to download any compilers and facing a lot of problems while doing programming. can you recommend any software/Compilers for programming in c, c++, Java. OR Do I have to buy a new windows laptop.

  13. I think a game designed laptop would not be bad as well and should be put on the list as well. Firstly because they have higher specs and programmers need a fast laptop to debug and run their program. What do you think?

  14. My budget is 45K . I am looking for a laptop with i5 7th generation processor and 8 GB RAM for programming. Can you suggest me some good choices that I have in my budget

  15. I think a laptop with a screen that has a 2k or 4k resolution is helpful for coding.

    The higher resolution lets you fit more code on the screen.

  16. Working in computing I can say one mistake commonly made is purchasing a computer that just fits with your RAM needs. I always go by a rule that however much RAM is needed, for top performance, you should double it. A cheap machine with only 4mB RAM is pretty useless in my opinion

  17. hello sir i have an hp 15actu122 model laptop in which i have only 4gb ram can i increase this to 8gb and can i also increase its graphic card please tell me.

  18. Kaushik Mandal

    Dear Mr.Mishra,
    I want to do android development and want to purchase a laptop. I have selected a few. 1) Lenovo Ideapad 520 (i5 8th gen), & 2) Acer Aspire 5. Both comes with Nvdia Graphics, 8GB RAM. Please advise me which one to buy and if you have any other options much better than these two, please suggest.

      1. Kaushik Mandal

        I visited a store that introduced me with Lenovo 520 which sports 15 8th gen, 8GB ram, CD drive, Nvidia 150mx card, 2tb (5400) HDD, Full HD display, perhaps no option for extra SSD. Asking 54000 and will provide 3 years of warranty against another Rs.999. Do you have idea if I can install an SSD in addition?

  19. Hi Neeraj,
    Thank u so much for this info, I have been looking for this from so long. I have budget to buy a MacBook Air 2017 8gb ram one. But I still have a doubt wether this will be good for programming as many of my frnds are saying MacBook Air is starting version in MacBooks you won’t get that good performance from MacBook Air, is it true ? Is this laptop good for some android development? In a budget of 55000 do you consider any other windows laptop that has better performance than MacBook Air ? I’m likely to get MacBook Air till now, now it depends on your answer.

  20. which is better dell inspiron 5370 i7 laptop or dell inspiron 5570 i7 laptop? also could you guide me on buying a laptop with atleast 8 gb ram,i7,with atlest 256 gb ssd under 75k?

  21. Can a 8gb ssd+hdd will work better than a laptop which has only 1tb hdd. And for android development integrated graphics can work?? Or dedicated graphics card will be better.

  22. Dell Vostro 3568 ( i5 7gen 8gb ram 1tb HDD Linux or dos)
    HP 15 bs145tu (i5 8gen 8gb ram 1tb HDD dos)
    Both are under 45k as my budget is tight would you PLZZ suggest which one will be great ….

    As I m pursuing cs and I really want to do good programming which would be better…

    Will this 2 above mentioned laptop will do for my learning process.. and to do some hardcore coding???

  23. Hi want to Gift my kids laptop on my son birthday 18th which is on 9th October he students got Admission last month Digital electronic engineering he has Java subject which he finds difficult.Is java there in laptop because i dnt have knowledge of laptop,my daughter just completed graduations in fashion i& textile she learnt graphic also so i need that also .I need latest thing in laptop because want to do one time investment in good laptop which have all this more latest thing .So helped with best my budget 80 thousands here there bit more will do.
    Thanks in advance.I got ur page from google neighbourhood .

  24. I don’t know what the market is like in India, but the AMD Ryzen APUs are competitive against Intel processors in laptops and will likely mean cheaper laptops for similar performance. It might be worth looking at, for example, the Lenovo E585. It’s £759.99 (72,673.04 INR according to xe.com at the time of writing). This is a Ryzen 7 2700U APU, the Ryzen 5s are cheaper though.

  25. Hi,
    Seems I only see you recommend MacBook Air, I wonder if MacBook Pro is good for web development too. I heard some sound said MacBook Pro is better than another MacBook for programming. I don’t have huge budget, but I still want make my money worth it and hope it won’t eliminated too soon.
    Btw, English is not my native language, hope I make it clear. hhhha

  26. I want to buy Lenovo Thinkpad T480. Is it good for programming?
    I work on PHP Framework and run WAMP on local machine.

  27. how is Lenovo Ideapad Core i3 6th Gen (4GB/1TB HDD/Windows 10 Home SL), 130-15IKB Laptop (15.6 inch FHD Black, 1.8 Kg ) (81H7005BIN) for asp.net programming purpose please suggest

  28. Hi! Would you recommend a Notebook Lenovo Thinkpad W520 I7 8gb 500gb? I need a new laptop for programming, to my master degree, and I’ll use mostly Python and R, I think… What you say?
    Thanks

  29. Caio Consoli

    Hi, i want to buy a Mac air and i would like to get some thoughts on it, i can get a 16GB, 256 SSD, 13″ 2018 macbook air, should i wait until october and see some new releases or it wont change much? I`m doing software engeneering, i wont game so i dont care for grafics, are the specs good? Is the i5 that worst than the i7 on the pro that i should get it? Or the apple performance and optimization is good enought with i5? Tkxx <3

  30. Acer nitro 5 core i5 8th gen is best for coding and programming? I’m confusing reply me fast sir pls.

  31. Hey i want to buy a laptop for bca. Should i buy 4gb ram with 256gb ssd or 8gb ram with 1tb hdd? Which is better.

  32. HARSHAL SAHEBRAO GADHE

    Thanks for this awesome information. It was really helpful for me in choosing the right laptop for me. Keep up the good work

  33. Is 8GB RAM with i3 8th generation and 1 TB and 256 GB SDD good for programming?
    PS – I am talking about ASUS vivobook s14
    Also if bought now for how long will I be able to use it smoothly. Also if you could suggest an even better laptop please do. This laptop has a cost of ₹ 44500 , so please suggest in this budget only.

  34. Hi…. I’m looking for a laptop with i5 8th gen 8GB ram under 50000. I want to buy either HP or Dell.. Can you help me out which one will be better ?

  35. Sir Mai Bahut confuse ho raha hu mujhe Kon LA laptop Lena chahiye programming graphic design ka Kaam Krna hai or Uske liye Ek acha laptop Ki jajurt hai Mera budget 40k hai to mujhe Lenovo & Hp Kis ke sath Jana chahiye Hp 15q-ds0010TU

  36. Hello
    I am a bca student
    Is lenevo ideapad 33s is good for me ?
    i3 processor
    4gb ram
    1tb storage
    Kindly help me ?

  37. Hello.sir we want a good laptop for programming and web development . I am from BCA background students sir please guide me for good laptops .under 50000 Rs

  38. Brother answer me ASAP!
    I am in the idea of buying a laptop within this week.
    I am a BCA student.
    I have determined to buy DELL VOSTRO 3568.
    It’s specs are:
    Core I3-7020U-4 GB RAM- 552 GB SSD- Windows 10.
    Is it enough for programming?

  39. Bro, I am here from quora. BTW, You can buy lenovo ideapad 330 15arr. It is equipped with ryzen 5. I am using it from more than 1 year. It is awesome. It never hangs like hp i5 laptops. Also its HDD is very good (fast enough) as compared to other laptop. I bought it for Rs. 29990. Only problem is with its display 720p and color. So i bought a monitor to work.

  40. Mudit Bhargava

    Hi, I am looking for a laptop to kickstart my data analytics journey and intend to use for Tableau, Python and PowerBi.
    Is Dell Vostro 3583i7 8gen, 16GB ram, 1TB HDD and 2GB AMD Graphics card good choice?
    I would like the laptop to be relevant for atleast 5-6 years.

  41. Hi, my budget is not fixed yet. I have to do programming for machine learning and deep learning. I was thinking of going with AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, 8 GB RAM and 512 SDD. Is this ideal or I should go for higher specifications.

  42. Serena Martin

    Hii, I really liked your blog and the product differentiation, now my question is that, can I use Asus Vivobook 15 for programming?
    Keep posting such informative blogs

  43. Hi sir
    I am a data Analytics student i have to do programming in python ,r and i also use power bi. Can i go with i7 processor or i5 processor ?

  44. Varsha Bawankule

    Hello Admin,

    HP pavilion 14 dv0058tu is good for Programming and IT Development purposes.
    If I go with this laptop should it will help me for the long time period.

    Regards,
    Varsha Bawankule

  45. The good post really well explained about a laptop for programming, this information is going to help a lot to choose a suitable and ideal laptop for my work, Thanks for such beautiful article.

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